What was Jerry Springer’s net worth? What was his salary on ‘The Jerry Springer Show’?
Jerry Springer was the host of his namesake tabloid talk show for 27 years which brought him fame and infamy, in addition to making him quite wealthy.
Jerry Springer got his start as a broadcaster on WTUL New Orleans FM, while he was an undergraduate at Tulane University. He would go on to become the number-one news anchor in Cincinnati, winning ten local Emmy Awards.
He also practice law there, was elected to the city council and would go on to became the Mayor of Cincinnati for a brief stent. However, he is best known for his namesake tabloid talk show that ran for nearly 5,000 episodes from 1991 to 2018. While highly controversial for its content, ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ made its host a multi-millionaire.
What was Jerry Springer’s net worth?
What was his salary on the ‘Jerry Springer Show’?
While his ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ got off to a slow start as just another vanilla daytime talk show of the era, it was taken national in its second season. That is also when the program’s format was revamped to be more provocative with the topics it presented to audiences. As the show chased higher ratings, it would become ever more so to the point where on-set brawls were common place.
But the tactic paid off, with viewership rising to make it the most watched daytime talk show, even beating out Oprah Winfrey for a time. At the show’s peak, Springer earned $8 million per year. However, the antics on the show caused backlash and earned it the label “the worst TV show of all time” by TV Guide, something the show didn’t shy away from, and helped coin the term “Trash TV.”
However, that came at a cost with Family organizations developing a pressure campaign to get advertisers to stop sponsoring the program that was successful to a point. As well, the head of ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ parent company Studios USA, Barry Diller, told the show’s producers to get rid of the brawling. Audience numbers began to decline, but not that significantly as it maintained a loyal following.
In 2000, the show was renewed for another five years, and Springer was given a $30 million contract. After the Jerry Springer show was cancelled in 2018 he was offered a new show called ‘Judge Jerry’ that ran for three seasons.
Springer also did some acting on other TV shows and movies, including a parody of himself in ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’, where Dr. Evil and his son Scott were guests on ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ to discuss being evil. Of course it ended in a brawl, but for once it was Springer himself that was in the fray.